The House chairman, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, described the plan during
a Reuters interview on Tuesday. The Senate chairman, Tom Harkin of Iowa,
confirmed the goal on Wednesday. Weekly meetings would represent an
unusually high level of communication for committee leaders. "We're trying to
make sure we have open lines of communication," said Harkin, who gave Peterson
credit for the idea. "The more we can talk things through, the easier it will
be," said Peterson, to reach final agreement on the farm bill. "We're both on
the same time frame. We want to get this done by September."
Congressman Peterson also recently announced the make up of the 110th Congress Ag committee members:
The Democrats members are: Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Tim Holden of Pennsylvania, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Bob Etheridge of North Carolina, Leonard Boswell of Iowa, Joe Baca of California, Dennis Cardoza of California, David Scott of Georgia, Jim Marshall of Georgia, Stephanie Herseth of South Dakota, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Jim Costa of California, John Salazar of Colorado, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Nancy Boyda of Kansas, Zack Space of Ohio, Tim Walz of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Steve Kagen of Wisconsin, Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, John Barrow of Georgia, Nick Lampson of Texas, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Tim Mahoney of Florida.The Republicans on the panel include: Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Terry Everett of Alabama, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Robin Hayes of North Carolina, Timothy Johnson of Illinois, Sam Graves of Missouri, Jo Bonner of Alabama, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Steve King of Iowa, Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado, Randy Neugebauer of Texas, Charles Boustany of Louisiana, Randy Kuhl of New York, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Michael Conaway of Texas, Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, Jean Schmidt of Ohio, Adrian Smith of Nebraska, Kevin McCarthy of California and Timothy Walberg of Michigan.
The world has it backwards with demands the United States step up offers to
reform controversial farm subsidies in order to salvage world trade talks, a
top U.S. lawmaker said on Tuesday.
"They've all been saying we have to do more, but the reality is these other folks are going to have to do more before we do more. I think it's backwards," Collin Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, told Reuters....Peterson warned the Bush administration's negotiators against making offers that Congress wouldn't be
able to stomach.